4th of July Recipe Round Up

With 4th of July weekend right around corner, I’m sure many of you plan on attending BBQs and outdoor events.  Here is a round-up of my easy summery recipes that will make for the perfect 4th of July treat!  From healthy sides, skinny desserts and refreshing cocktails, you’re sure to bring a crowd pleaser!

Dijon Parmesan Green Bean Salad

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Caprese Skewers

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins with Turkey Bacon & Cheddar Cheese

Skinny Pineapple Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

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M&M Cheesecake Bars (Weight Watchers)

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Blood Orange Sorbet Champagne Cocktails with Fresh Mint

Basil Lime Vodka Freeze

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Flirtinis

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Watermelon Breeze Cocktails

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M&M Cheesecake Bars (Weight Watchers)

My friend Josa‘s birthday was this week and I wanted to bake her something special in celebration! I came across this recipe on Pinterest and loved how colorful and delicious it looked.

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My friend Rochelle came over and we baked these together in between watching The Voice, drinking some white wine and snacking on a massive cheese plate I threw together.

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These were so easy to make and they came out soft and delicious. Next time I want to make these with Reece’s Pieces or crushed Butterfingers!

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Enjoy!

Weight Watchers M&M Cheesecake Squares (Makes 16 small squares)

Nutritional information for one square: 217 calories, 13.6g fat

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup M&M
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar, granulated
  • 1/3 cup sugar, brown packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Beat the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the walnuts and flour; mix well.
  • Reserve 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture; press the remaining crumb mixture into bottom of a 8″ square pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.
  • Combine the softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla; using an electric mixer, mix at medium speed until well blended.
  • Add the egg; mix well.
  • Layer 1/2 cup of the M&M candies over the crust; top with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Combine the remaining candy and reserved crumb mixture; mix well.
  • Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  • refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.